Perhaps even more so than other Manhattan neighborhoods, Midtown West contains many areas with different apeal-- for starters, Midtown West is home to such rising mini-neighborhoods such as Clinton and Hudson Yards, there is the nonstop neon of Times Square and the showbiz buzz of the Theater District, as well as a number of Manhattan’s most ambitious new condominium developments. Since the 1990s, the neighborhood between the Hudson River and Fifth Ave and between 34th and 57th Streets has bloomed from a neighborhood of parking lots and unremarkable housing into one of Manhattan’s hottest and most polyglot new real estate destinations, and perhaps the last true frontier in NYC real estate.
While the new Midtown West condominium scene has been defined by spectacularly amenitized new construction luxury condominiums such as The Atelier and The Centurion and luxury condo-hotel combinations such as the Residences at The Mandarin Oriental and Cassa NYC, there’s more to Midtown West than new condo mega-developments. Just blocks from Times Square are the quiet streets of Clinton, which are lined with row-houses, unprepossessing walk-ups and brownstones. Further west and south is Hudson Yards, a neighborhood-in-progress that’s slated to get its own subway stop by 2015 and which is slated to become home to numerous new condominium developments before then.
In short, it’s difficult to remember that, just a generation ago, Clinton was rough-around-the-edges Hell’s Kitchen, and Hudson Yards was best known as a place to park your car or attend a convention. Access to mass transit, a few ambitious new condo developments and the arrival of a number of high-end restaurants and a lively bar scene have eased Midtown West into one of Manhattan’s new residential hubs. The same is the case around Times Square and the Theater District, where mini-neighborhoods primarily given over to business and tourism in the past are suddenly home to a host of new real estate development. All the attractions that have traditionally brought people to Midtown West remain as vital as ever -- from the iconic performing arts venues Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall to the one-of-a-kind theater scene of Broadway to the center-of-the-world buzz of Times Square. The difference, now, is that Midtown West has emerged as every bit as appealing a place to live as a place to visit.